Playing with the past: history and video games (and why it might matter)

Jeremiah McCall Cincinnati Country Day School. Cincinnati, OH, USA. Email: jmc.hst (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF HISTORYING, PUBLIC HISTORYING, AND HISTORICAL VIDEO GAMES While traditional history, as a discipline, is important, that should not obscure the fact that doing history, sometimes called “historying,” is something everyone does. For history is fundamentally just the communicationContinue reading “Playing with the past: history and video games (and why it might matter)”

History’s first Easter egg

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Any gamer worth of his/her salt is well acquainted with the term “Easter egg”. It designates any sort of secret message or feature (or even inside jokes) hidden in a video game or any other kind ofContinue reading “History’s first Easter egg”

Medjed: from Ancient Egypt to Japanese Pop Culture

Rodrigo B. Salvador Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Not so long ago I have devoted a good deal of time and effort analyzing Egyptian mythology in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona video game series (Salvador, 2015). Thus, it was only natural that I wouldContinue reading “Medjed: from Ancient Egypt to Japanese Pop Culture”

Ancient Egyptian themes in Skylanders

Rodrigo B. Salvador Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF After seeing how Egyptian mythology is depicted in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series of videogames (see Salvador, 2015), I now turn to another game series: Activision’s billion-dollar toys-to-life franchise Skylanders. The mainContinue reading “Ancient Egyptian themes in Skylanders”

The overwatching eye of Horus

Rodrigo B. Salvador Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment’s new hit, is a team-based first-person shooter game released on May 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In the game, several heroes battle each other in 6×6Continue reading “The overwatching eye of Horus”

Egyptian mythology in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona games

Rodrigo B. Salvador Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Shin Megami Tensei is a Japanese RPG series famous for its monsters, which are taken from many different mythologies and folkloric legends from around the world. The player can “capture” these monsters andContinue reading “Egyptian mythology in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona games”